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Informational Sessions Include Resume Creation, Interview Preparation and Financial Literacy

BARTOW, Fla., March 12, 2021 – CareerSource Polk invites young adults, ages 16 to 24, to its What’s Next Virtual Career Expo. Attendees have the option to attend this event on Monday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or Tuesday, March 23 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. High schoolers, as well as young adults that are not enrolled in school, are encouraged to participate. Individuals interested in attending this event can register at


This year, the What’s Next Virtual Career Expo will consist of informational sessions with a focus on preparing young adults for summer work opportunities. Breakout sessions include topics such as resume writing, interviewing, financial literacy and teen pregnancy prevention. In addition to entertainment, participants will also be entered to win raffle prizes.

Young adults have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a report by the Economic Policy Institute, “young workers are heavily represented in the occupations most affected by COVID-19 shutdowns.” The What’s Next Virtual Career Expo will help young adults navigate today’s job market and look forward to a fulfilling career.

“We want young adults in Polk County to know that they have options when it comes to their career path,” said Eshia Smith, Young Leaders Program Manager at CareerSource Polk. “For any community to remain healthy for the long term, it’s important that the young workforce is continually being developed and equipped with the resources needed to be successful. This event is one of the many tools we use to fulfill this initiative.”

For more than a decade, CareerSource Polk has served youth through its Young Leaders program. Participants gain access to a wide range of services and opportunities including career readiness preparation, paid work experiences, GED preparation and tuition assistance. Graduates of the program have gone on to achieve their individual career goals which can include obtaining specialized credentials, earning their GED or gaining full-time employment.

For more information about CareerSource Polk’s Young Leaders program, visit

About CareerSource Polk

CareerSource Polk is a private, non-profit administrator of workforce funds. Its mission is to be the innovative leader to ensure and sustain a quality workforce for today and the future. As an equal opportunity employer and program, CareerSource Polk is supported by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Agriculture as part of awards totaling $12.1 million (revised annually). The total cost of this program will be 100% financed with federal funds. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this document may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711.

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